May 15, 2020 – Engineering firm Development Resource Group has submitted plans to build a Funplex amusement park in Myrtle Beach, with construction set to begin in September. Planned attractions include a roller coaster encircling the property, a 65-foot (20m) freefall ride, a tower ride and various other ground-level family friendly rides. The park is expected to open by April next year.
The building site along Ocean Boulevard, which is currently a parking lot, is a rather compact space for an outdoor park and the proposal is scheduled to go before the Community Appearance Board next week, nearly one year after a request to rezone the property was approved.
There are currently two Funplex locations in New Jersey and CEO Brian Williams said his company has been looking for opportunities to expand outside of the state and felt they could provide an amusement experience the Strand doesn’t currently have.
“It’ll be a small amusement park that you can stay in for a few hours and keep yourself busy,” Williams told The Sun News. “It’s a tight footprint, but we’re trying to provide the best experience we can by trying to reach as many people with the rides.”
There have been many amusement parks in Myrtle Beach, including the infamous failure that was Hard Rock Park/Freestyle Music Park, the classic Myrtle Beach Pavilion that operated from 1948-2006, and over a half dozen others that closed their doors. Only Family Kingdom Amusement Park has withstood the test of time, operating every year since opening in 1966, other than 1990 due to damage from Hurricane Hugo.